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Queens on Campus Celebrate National Coming Out Day at SU


Ophelia Bawdy hosts the beginning of the show. Image courtesy of Kaylee Berends.

Salisbury University’s Queens on Campus event celebrated National Coming Out Day through a drag show. Three queens brought glitz, glam and gowns to SU’s Holloway Hall auditorium Wednesday night.


The annual celebration of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community lands on Oct. 13th each year. SU’s Student Organization for Activity Planning (SOAP) hosted the show free for all students.


Drag Queen Entertainment LLC featured queens who performed multiple songs from Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” to Diana Ross’ “I'm Coming Out.”


VinChelle performing “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross. Image courtesy of Kaylee Berends.

Sections of the show included two performances from each queen, an audience participation activity, Q&A’s and a photo opportunity.


Eva Constantinou, an elementary education major at SU, volunteered to “lip-sync for your life.” Constantinou lip-sync battled other volunteers with a new look, an identical challenge from “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars,”


“It went better than I could imagine, I had so much fun,” she said. “I wish it was longer honestly.”


Eva Constantinou, 21, preparing to lip-sync “for her life.” Image courtesy of Kaylee Berends.

During the Q&A section of the show the audience directly asked questions to all three of the queens.


Questions ranged from how to stay positive during current times, how to start participating in drag and what some of the craziest stories the queens had from previous shows.


Buttakup, one of the queens talked about the importance of being yourself.


“Be aware of where you are and how people will treat you, but stay unapologetically you."


SU’s auditorium kept high energy throughout the show, as a community of people came together for NCOD.


As the show came to an end, Ophelia Bawdy wrapped up the event speaking on coming out and the importance of being surrounded by a supportive community.


“Life doesn’t have to be a drag... unless you want it to be.” she said.

 

By KAYLEE BERENDS

Staff Writer

Featured images courtesy of Kaylee Berends

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